Paula Ruane


Ms. Ruane is a member of the International Honor Society in Social Sciences, Pi Gamma Mu, and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University.

Her undergraduate work includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State College and two Associate of Arts degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, one is in Sociology and the other is in Letters, Arts and Sciences. She holds 15 credit hours in the Master of Business Administration program at Penn State. Additionally, she was enrolled at Villanova University studying Marketing and Communications.

Currently, she is the Western Region Director, having assumed this position in August, 2019, after being transferred from the Central Region where she was the Central Regional Director for seven years. She has held a variety of positions within Gaudenzia over the last 28 years including Division Director of the Central Region, Division Director of Park Height, Baltimore; Program Director of the State Employee Assistance Program, the largest EAP in the state of PA, Marketing Director for the organization, and Referral Development Manager.

Ms. Ruane has over 40 years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health fields where she gained extensive program administration and supervisory experience. Her background includes all aspects of program management including supervision, development of policies and procedures, proposal and grant writing, project funding, marketing management, contracting, budgeting, program startup, credentialing, licensing, program monitoring, technical assistance, and training.

Ms. Ruane’s marketing management experience was gained through multiple marketing positions held with for-profit and not-for-profit corporations in both the private and public sectors which required routine interfacing with employers, treatment programs, hospitals, managed care corporations, insurance companies, and funding entities. As the Marketing Director, she managed all funding contracts for the corporation.

She has previous experience working as a Behavior Specialist providing individualized treatment plans for developmentally disabled children and has provided intensive case management services for chronically and persistently mentally ill adults.

She began her career as a Prevention Specialist with a Single County Authority where she helped establish Student Assistance Programs in area schools and gained a grant to develop one of the first in-school programs for pregnant teens. She has been a consultant and trainer providing services to women of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. Additionally, she helped develop and implement transitional housing programs for the homeless.